Fostering Resilience

A MBCT Retreat for Health Professionals

May 31 - June 5, 2019

Dr. Lau and Dr. Grabovac will return to Hollyhock May 31 – June 5, 2019!
Contact us to pre-register and get a 10% early bird discount: 1-800-933-6339

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”
-Dalai Lama

Come to Hollyhock to replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, other health and mental health professionals, and their partners. Learn specific skills to foster resilience and reduce the risk of burnout. MBCT, an integration of mindfulness meditation practices and elements of cognitive therapy, offers a different way to encounter and identify habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that can lead to overwork and stress. Development of specific burnout prevention strategies is included in the later stages of the program.

Retreat structure consists of large group teacher-guided mindfulness practices, including sitting, mindful movement and body scan meditations as taught in MBCT. Teacher-guided discussion, with a focus on meditation technique, supports the cultivation of sustained moment-to-moment attention. Periods of silence including guided practice further support a deepening of mindfulness. In addition, there will be time to take advantage of activities for relaxation and restoration in Hollyhock’s natural beauty.

Eligible for 20 hours of MOCOMP Section 1 unaccredited small-group activity credits for specialist Canadian physicians (40 hours total – 0.5 credits per hour). 

By the end of this retreat, you will:

  • Learn a precise, actionable definition of mindfulness and understand it’s relationship to well-being and resilience
  • Understand how to work with attention and awareness to develop mindfulness, matacognitive awareness, interoceptive awareness and equanimity
  • Practice the ability to attend to present moment experience in a more spacious, non-reactive, and effective way through a carefully sequenced progression of meditations, including:
    • Mindfulness of breath
    • Body scanning
    • Mindfulness of sounds and thoughts
    • Mindfulness of challenging experiences
    • Loving kindness
    • Mindfulness interoceptive exposure task (MIET)
    • 3 minute breathing space
  • Learn how to detect and skillfully respond to the warning signs of burnout by applying the Co-Emergence Model of Reinforcement
  • Develop practical and effective strategies for cultivating mindfulness and equanimity in daily life

Drs. Lau and Grabovac, MBCT mentors with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, are two of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America.

Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 22 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. His academic work focuses on the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT.

Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, psychiatrist, has taught and supervised MBCT for 9 years. Her academic work focuses on mechanisms of mindfulness and the development of clinician competency in teaching mindfulness-based interventions. She is a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute.

 Drs. Lau and Grabovac are also presenting Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Hollyhock October 7 – 12, 2019